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No Cause Termination Becomes Law in Maryland

Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1080 reduces, from 180 days to 45 days, the number of days that a brewery must wait after notifying a distributor of its intent to terminate or …More

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Minimum Production Bill Passes CA Senate

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 21 seeks to lower the required minimum brewing production of a brewpub-restaurant licensee from 200 barrels per year to 100 barrels per year.

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Retail Cooler Lease Extension Passes Missouri House

Passed by both chambers of the legislature, Senate Bill 197 would extend the expiration of the statutory language giving brewers the ability to lease to retailers portable refrigeration units to January 1, 2026.

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Water Regs Study Group Faces CA Senate Vote

Before the full Senate for a vote, Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board to convene a study group by December 1, 2021, to advise the Legislature on policies regarding onsite …More

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Amended Tax Rate Sought in NE

LB 723 seeks to amend the Nebraska Liquor Control Act to decrease excise tax rates for beer, wine, and spirits, with the tax rate for beer going from $0.31 per gallon to $0.25 per gallon.

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CT Insurance Change Proposal Advances

Passing committee, House Bill 7260 would exempt from certain small employer health insurance plan requirements a Connecticut employer that (1) holds a manufacturer permit for beer from the Department of Consumer Protection and (2) obtains …More

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Nano Sampling Bill Clears NH Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, House Bill 597 seeks to allow nano brewery licensees to distribute samples at a wine manufacturer’s facility and wine manufacturer licensees to distribute samples at a nano brewery.

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Production and Sales Changes Considered in CT

Awaiting full Senate consideration, Senate Bill 647, among many provisions, consolidates the manufacturer permits for beer, brew pub, beer and brew pub, and farm brewery into one permit, allows the permittee to wholesale distribute to …More

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DE License Privilege Bill Advances

Passing the House and initial Senate committee consideration, H.B. 125 would allow licensed Delaware brewery pubs and microbreweries to affiliate with other in-state or out-of-state brewers while retaining their current license privileges so long as …More

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